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Monday, December 9, 2013

What Will The Government Force You To Do?

Here's the Nonsense:  We must force people to abandon their values if they conflict with what's correct thinking.  We cannot have a society that will grow and prosper if we allow these closed-minded troublemakers among us.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Values must be based on what is right and wrong.  That cannot be a moving target that changes on the whims of those in power.  When that happens, we are only inches from the loss of all of our freedoms.

It used to be that people could have differences and still get along.  If they couldn't come to agreement on things they would agree to disagree.  That was the beauty of America.  People could be different and get along.  People were allowed to live their own lives and not be forced to do things that violated their conscience.  But today that's not the case.  We are seeing our own government now force citizens to do things that go against their values.  And they do it in the name of what's "right."  But right is defined on their terms and based on the situation at hand.   They believe there is no universal standard for right and wrong.  Each situation determines its own set of ethics.  What just happened to a baker in Colorado who is being forced to do something that violates his values is also happening elsewhere in America.  It's a sign that our freedoms are almost lost.

No longer do you have rights in America, at least not if you're a member of an unprotected class.  In this case it's a baker who is a Christian, but it could be you if you don't follow the rules as set by the politically correct left.  

Jack Phillips, a baker in Denver, has had a ruling made against him in court.  The ruling shows that even the judge doesn't understand what went on.  But that doesn't matter.  It is a perfect example of where the left is taking us… which is in the opposite direction of freedom.  Phillips owns a shop that specializes in baking cakes.  A gay couple went into his store and asked him to make a cake for the wedding they said they'd had in Massachusetts and were going to celebrate in Colorado.  Phillips said he'd be happy to sell them anything he makes, but he said his religious beliefs would keep him from making a wedding cake for a gay marriage.  The case went to court and now a judge in Denver has ruled that Phillips must provide wedding cakes for gays or suffer fines and possible jail time for being discriminatory.  

The news reports have mostly focused on the idea that this is discrimination and have said that the baker refused to do business with the couple.  But the facts are that he did not refuse to do business with them.  He offered to let them purchase anything they'd like, but declined to make a custom wedding cake because it was a violation of conscience for him.  Yet the court ruling, and all the leftists and ignorant citizens out there who aren't capable of thinking logically, believe that he was discriminating against the men and that that takes precedence over honoring his religious freedom.  This is not about discrimination, as the left would have you believe.  This is about religious freedom.  This is about a man's right to believe as he chooses.  But the left doesn't see it that way.

The main reason people fled to America from Europe was to escape religious persecution.  My own family came here in the early 1600s for freedom.  Then, about 2 centuries later, they revolted against their oppressive British government to assure freedoms in our nation that no nation before or since has ever given to its citizens.  And core among those freedoms was religious freedom.  Not freedom for religion to do terrible things to others, but freedom to worship as men choose.   Yet here we have a case where a man is being told he must do what he is told and violate his religious conscience.  

When the Nazis right to march in Skokie, IL (a predominantly Jewish community north of Chicago) was upheld it was because they had the right to free speech and thought.  They were disgusting and yet as long as they did not harm anyone, their right to march was upheld.  But Jack Phillips is not allowed to say, "I'll be happy to do business with you in any other area, but I cannot make a custom cake for your wedding because it's against my religious convictions."  He MUST serve them.  

In an interview on the Peter Boyles Show on KNUS radio in Denver Monday morning, Phillips' attorney said, "The State of Colorado and the Civil Rights Commission want a plan from Jack [Phillips] about how he is going to rethink and fix his way of thinking."   This is rehabilitation just like the old Soviet Union used to do when they'd send someone away to a mental hospital or the gulag to change their thinking.  This is what North Korea does in their slave labor camps.  This is what totalitarian regimes do to control the thoughts of people (I guess Rush may not be far off when he refers to this administration as "the regime").

In a similar case in Oregon, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian spoke of what those running that state believe is their purpose in going after those who would claim these religious liberties, "Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs, but that doesn't mean that folks have the right to discriminate.  The goal is never to shut down a business. The goal is to rehabilitate.  For those who do violate the law, we want them to learn from that experience and have a good, successful business in Oregon."

The goal is to "rehabilitate."  They want to correct your thinking so that you think properly, according to their politically correct rules.  You are not allowed to think differently.  You are not allowed to think for yourself.  

What would have happened if the cake shop owner were black and some Ku Klux Klan members came in and wanted a cake to celebrate the KKK?  Or what if a Jewish baker was forced to make a cake to celebrate Adolf Hitler's birthday?  How about a Jehovah's Witness baker who would be forced to make a birthday cake?  How about a Muslim baker who would be asked to make a wedding cake for gays --  oops, no, never mind, that one doesn't count because Muslims are exempt from political correctness in America.  

And it's not just about bakery owners and weddings.  It's about all sorts of additional things.  What if a pharmacist who is pro-life is forced to fill prescriptions for the morning after pill, which is an abortifacient?  Or what if a doctor who is pro-life is forced to perform an abortion?  What if a teacher that believes in creationism was forced to teach evolution as fact and not the theory that it is?  

Some things are already happening forcing people to do things against their will and/or conscience.  For example, under Obamacare we are being forced to purchase healthcare insurance whether we want it or not.  Or what about the story back in May that told us the DOJ was requiring managers to support LGBT issues and that silence would be interpreted as disapproval?  The list of violations of rights goes on and on.  The question is where do we draw the line?  

At what point does it stop?  Do we have another rally?  Do we get mad and say we won't take it?  Or do we do something about it?  If you value freedom, then you better do something about it.  Just reading some conservative news sites, buying some conservative books, watching Fox News and/or listening to talk radio isn't enough.  Not just your freedom, but the freedom of your children and grandchildren is hanging by a thread.  If you don't think we can lose our freedoms in America, then you missed the point when Ronald Reagan said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."

In Germany during World War II a Lutheran minister, Martin Niemoller, wrote a poem that has become famous.  It's about time we start remembering that poem and take its implications to heart.  

“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—
and there was no one left to speak out for me.”